"Imagine the universe beginning to sing and resound," Mahler wrote of his Symphony No. 8, the "Symphony of a Thousand." "It is no longer human voices; it is planets and suns revolving." Mahler was late Romantic music's ultimate big thinker. In his own lifetime he was generally regarded as a conductor who composed on the side, producing huge, bizarre symphonies accepted only by a cult following. Born in 1860, in Kalischt, Bohemia, he came from a middle-class family. He entered the Vienna Conservatory in 1875, studying piano, harmony, and composition in a musically conservative atmosphere. Nevertheless, he became a supporter of Wagner and Bruckner, both of whose works he would later conduct frequently, and became part of a social circle interested in socialism, Nietzschean philosophy, and pan-Germanism. Around 1880, he began conducting and ...
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Composition Highlights

Title Year Avg. Duration Genre
Symphony No. 1 in D major ("Titan") 1884 53:39 Symphony
Symphony No. 4 in G major 1899 54:35 Symphony
Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor 1901 01:08:48 Symphony
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, song cycle for voice & piano (or orchestra) 1883 15:50 Vocal Music
Symphony No. 3 in D minor 1893 01:37:02 Symphony
Rückert Lieder, song collection for voice & piano (or orchestra) 1901 17:16 Vocal Music
Symphony No. 6 in A minor ("Tragic") 1903 01:21:28 Symphony
Kindertotenlieder, song cycle for voice & piano (or orchestra) 1901 23:34 Vocal Music
Symphony No. 9 in D major 1908 01:21:06 Symphony
Symphony No. 2 in C minor ("Resurrection") 1888 01:20:21 Symphony
Das Lied von der Erde, for alto (or baritone), tenor & orchestra 1908 53:24 Symphony Vocal Music
Des Knaben Wunderhorn, songs (12) for voice & orchestra (or piano) 1892 35:08 Vocal Music
Symphony No. 7 in E minor ("Song of the Night") 1904 01:18:34 Symphony
Das klagende Lied, cantata for soloists, chorus & orchestra 1878 51:54 Choral
Aus der Jugendzeit (Lieder und Gesänge) Vol.1, songs (5) for voice & piano (or orchestra) 1880 11:57 Vocal Music
Aus der Jugendzeit (Lieder und Gesänge) Vol.3, songs (5) for voice & piano (or orchestra) 1888 04:56 Vocal Music
Aus der Jugendzeit (Lieder und Gesänge) Vol.2, songs (4) for voice & piano (or orchestra) 1887 09:44 Vocal Music
Symphony No. 10 in F sharp major (incomplete) 1910 26:02 Symphony
Symphony No. 8 in E flat major ("Symphony of a Thousand") 1906 01:19:34 Symphony
Revelge, song for voice & piano (or orchestra) (Aus letzter Zeit No. 1) 1899 07:59 Vocal Music
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